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The Wild Duck

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Type: Store

96 Salem St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02113-2216
United States

(617) 248-8893 | map

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Added by sonicwaveofbees on 04-30-2009

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Photo of barsonthetrak
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Selection of bombers and big bottles are good... not great. What disappoints me most is how many of their better IPAs are so far out of date that they're literally unpurchasable! It was exciting to see some different Hop Concept offerings, but then the fucking bottling dates on all of them say January 2015. Port Mongo was almost a year old whereas my local in Beacon Hill has a fresh batch in the fridge. Disappointing to say the least, and although they're not as conveniently located, you would do much better beer wise at Craft Beer Cellar/Charles Street/Bauer on Newbury. I'll probably revisit in the winter and see what heavier/darker stuff is available, but for now they get low marks.

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Photo of brittanyshelby
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I end up at this liquor store most of the time- for the size of the store, they have a good selection of beer, although they rotate alot and quickly. If you see something you like, grab an extra! They have always been very friendly and get to know the locals.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Just happened to pass by this place while doing the tourist thing in Boston’s north end and poked my head in. Initially thought it was just a wine and liquor shop—and then I saw the beer aisle in back. Glad I did—picked up a bottle of Mystic Saison and Mystic Descendant. Later I found out they’re pretty limited, which gives me the impression these guys get some good stuff. They don’t have much but I’m not complaining—I don’t need an entire aisle of BMC-affiliated products to be happy with my beer shops. Wish someone here paid attention-slash-at least made eye contact with my girlfriend. Points off for not making everyone welcome.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Went to The Wild Duck this Friday afternoon to check out their selection and I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. It's a rather unassuming store that looks like a typical convenience store from the outside. Pretty easy to find on Salem Street in the North End too.

The inside has a really solid selection of wine and beer as well as specialty sodas and good stuff like Ben & Jerry's ice cream. The selection of beers is well organized with a pretty equal amount of warm beers on the shelves and cold beers in the coolers. Due to the limited size of the place, it feels a little cramped in front the coolers.

Highlights included Chimay, Southern Tier, DFH, Harpoon, Stone (including the 13th Anniversary Ale & Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale), Weihenstephaner, Two Brothers (Hop Juice Double IPA), Rogue (Somer Orange Honey Ale) and more.

Service was par for the course and prices were reasonable to slightly higher than normal, but that is to be expected.

Probably one of the better beer stores in the North End and Faneuil Hall area.

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Photo of gcarl
3.55/5  rDev -3%

The Wild Duck is starting to become a blip on my beer radar. I have watched over the last 6 months their selection grow and grow. A recent renovation into the space next door has tripled the size of the store. There is one 8 foot, 3 shelf selving unit that holds a majority of the beer, bombers on top sixers in the middle, and cases on the bottom. Cooler toward the back hold cold six pack(selection of cold and warm is almost identical) Selection is pretty standard but does have a few stand outs those being St. Ambroise Pale Ale and DFH Shelter Pale Ale!

Service is okay, I didn't press the guy that was restocking on his beer knowledge but he did say "hi" and ask if I was looking for anything in particular.

If The Wild Duck continues it upward climb it could have quite the shot of being a great beer store.


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Photo of cpone
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%

It's a small store but the quality of the selection is top notch. Lots of bombers, good variety from the West Coast, regional NE breweries as well as a good sampling of Belgians.

The guys here know their wines - and make an honest attempt to treat their beers the same way. It's a bit pricey, but it's the North End, so it's a given.

They've finished the construction that another review alluded to, and have rearranged the store. The layout is simple and easy to follow. A good selection in the coolers as well as on the shelves.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

Stopped by today to check out the store. It's located right on Salem Street in the heart of the North End. Looks like a work in progress when I walked in. There were guys drilling in the ceiling in the back. There seemed to be a lot of dust everywhere. Beer seemed to be scattered all about: in the coolers, on the shelves, on the endcaps. Just seemed to need to be organized a bit more. Beer selection was better than I expected. Three full coolers of American craft brew six packs. Shelves of bombers, mostly American. A few beers were for sale that I had never heard of, so credit them for wide selection. Prices were hit or miss. Some prices seemed right on, some seemed a bit high, and some had no pricing, which drives me nuts as a customer. I did pick up a Weihenstephaner Vitus for $3.25 and the new Harpoon 100 Barrel Helles Blond Bock for $6.50. As for service, I also don't like when you take the time to greet the cashier guy and he doesn't even give you a glance. If I lived in the North End, this would probably be my go to place. But since I don't, there's not much reason to go back.

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The Wild Duck in Boston, MA
Place rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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